Text & Presentation, 2004


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About the Book

Text & Presentation is an annual publication devoted to all aspects of theatre scholarship. It represents a selection of the best research presented at the international, interdisciplinary Comparative Drama Conference.
This anthology includes papers from the 28th annual conference held in Columbus, Ohio. Topics covered include Euripides, German and Russian theatre, dramatic antecedents of the striptease, surrogate love in The Glass Menagerie, surrealist drama, Greek comedy and the American concept musical, and theatre and politics.

About the Author(s)

Stratos E. Constantinidis, former director of the Comparative Drama Conference and former editor of the Journal of Modern Greek Studies, teaches in the Department of Theatre at Ohio State University and lives in Columbus.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Stratos E. Constantinidis
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 252
Bibliographic Info: photos, notes, index
Copyright Date: 2005
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2205-0
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5539-3
Imprint: McFarland
Series: The Comparative Drama Conference Series

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      v

Preface      1

1. Caught in Time: Creusa, Iphigenia, and Resolving the Past in Euripides’ Ion and Iphigenia in Tauris      5

2. “Because you spoke abuse against the king”: Parresia and Tyrannicide in Euripides’ Medea      20

3. “When I am laid in the earth”: Dido and Aeneas, Nahum Tate, and Anglo-Irish Consciousness      35

4. Oskar Blumenthal and the Lessing Theatre in Berlin (1888–1904)      45

5. Comedian of the Seventeenth Century: Ostrovskii’s Dialogue with Russian Theatre History      56

6. Critical Mimesis: Investigating Gender Roles with Ellen Terry      70

7. Spectacles in Terpsichorean Disrobing: Antecedents and Ideologies of the Striptease      84

8. Menagerie à Trois: Surrogate Love in The Glass Menagerie      98

9. Reconsidering Surrealist Drama: The Case of Nanos Valaoritis’ Round Tables      110

10. Narrative Discontinuity and Identity in Greek Old Comedy and the American Concept Musical      119

11. Views, Values and Worship: Religion and Social Class in the Plays of Romulus Linney      134

12. Deviant Speech: Understanding Churchill’s Use of Feminine Linguistics in Top Girls      144

13. Adrienne Kennedy’s Deadly Parts: Pictures, Portraits, and Plays      158

14. Faces of Contemporary Turkish-German Kabarett      172

15. Oedipus in New York: Greek Tragedy and Edward Albee’s The Goat, or, Who Is Sylvia?      187

16. From the Prophetic Performer to the Scribal Performer      199

17. Theatre and Politics: A Review Essay      210


Hellmut Hal Rennert, ed., Essays on Twentieth-Century German Drama and Theater: An American Reception, 1977–1999      215

Andrew Sofer, The Stage Life of Props      219

Harold B. Segel, The Columbia Guide to the Literatures of Eastern Europe since 1945      221

Elinor Fuchs and Una Chaudhuri, eds., Land/Scape/Theater      223

Japan Playwrights Association, Half a Century of Japanese Theatre: 1970s      225

Index      229

Book Reviews & Awards

“edited with care…preserves the conference experience by extending its scholarly dialogue to the wider reading community…many fine essays”—New England Theatre Journal.